Arthrex Inc. has recalled knee replacements and suture anchors for knee surgery. Patients who are injured by knee implants that loosen and fail may need revision surgery.
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Arthrex iBalance Knee Recall
In February 2016, the FDA announced a Class II recall for 2,378 units of the Arthrex iBalance TKA Tibial Tray (Size 2) because some of the devices were smooth instead of textured on the outer surface of the metal.
What is the problem?
Patients who undergo an Arthrex iBalance® UKA knee replacement may need another surgery if the implant loosens and fails. These problems may occur as a result of poor fixation between the patient’s knee bones and the metal surface of the tibial tray component.
Symptoms of Knee Implant Failure
- Knee pain
- Instability or loosening
- Bone or muscle damage
- Decreased range of motion
- Limited mobility
Arthrex SwiveLock Knee Suture Device Recall
In March 2017, Arthrex initiated a Class II recall for the SpeedBridge Implant System with PEEK SwiveLock® Self Punching (SP) Anchors because some eyelets broke from the SwiveLock Anchor on insertion.
Arthrex determined that there is an issue with the self-punching eyelet contained within the Arthrex SwiveLock SP Suture Anchor. This may cause they eyelet to break on insertion into hard cortical bone. Suture anchors are often used to secure soft tissue to bone in knee surgery.
According to the Urgent Voluntary Recall (PDF):
“We have received several reports of eyelet breakage upon attempted insertion into very hard bone. In response to these reports, we decided to halt sales and pull back inventory until the eyelet can be enhanced.”
$17 Million Verdict in Arthrex Knee Suture Lawsuit
In December 2016, a federal jury in Texas ordered Smith & Nephew Inc. to pay $17 million in damages to Arthrex Inc. for copying designs and infringing on patents related to Arthrex SwiveLock suture anchors.
The knotless anchors are used in its SutureBridge and SpeedBridge procedures to attach soft tissue to bone during reconstructive surgery, including partial knee replacements and shoulder replacements.
The lawsuit is In RE: Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. et al — Case No. 2:15-cv-01047-RSP and Case No. 2:15-cv-01756-RSP in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
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